Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

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News September 01, 2018

How Morrison played everyone

While Scott Morrison presented himself as a reticent candidate, in reality he used unpopular tax cuts to damage Turnbull and fooled Dutton over numbers.

News September 01, 2018

Barnaby Joyce and the Murray–Darling

As Barnaby Joyce, newly minted special envoy for drought, made a grab for Murray–Darling water, the royal commission into the basin faced yet another setback.

News August 24, 2018

Scott Morrison claims Liberal leadership

After a ‘disastrous week’ for the government, Scott Morrison has emerged as Australia’s next prime minister, defeating Peter Dutton in a Liberal party room vote. Josh Frydenberg will be deputy Liberal leader.

News August 25, 2018

‘We know where the bodies are buried’

As Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership collapsed, with Scott Morrison replacing him, members of his own cabinet threatened to ‘open the bottom drawer’ and release a dirt file they believed would force him out of the leadership.

News August 18, 2018

Federal government ‘colludes’ to nobble Walker inquiry

The South Australian government’s refusal to extend the royal commission into the Murray–Darling finds it accused of collusion with the federal government.

News August 18, 2018

Territory rights and assisted dying

David Leyonhjelm’s bill to permit the territories to pass assisted dying legislation was defeated despite argument it is as much about territory rights.

News August 11, 2018

Murray-Darling water scandal

Allegations that the Murray–Darling Basin Plan was compromised by government agency interference have emerged during the SA royal commission.

News August 04, 2018

High court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation

A Commonwealth challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling royal commission has become a state rights battleground with implications for the Constitution.

News July 28, 2018

Grubby tactics in the Super Saturday byelections

Further revelations of political bastardry in this weekend’s byelections, including accusations of solicited interviews, show how much is at stake for all parties.

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